The stunning trade of Martin St. Louis to the Rangers wasn't so surprising to the Lightning front office.  In fact, they've been preparing for it for 6 weeks.

Speaking with Steve Duemig on Wednesday, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman says the deal was inevitable and that it wasn't necessarily his idea.  

"I never asked Marty to waive his no-move clause," Yzerman told Big Dog.  

Yzerman said he granted Marty's wish but didn't necessarily agree with it.  Marty's wish list consisted of one team and one team only-- the Rangers.  That's the life of an NHL general manager.

"Every GM makes decisions with the best intentions," Yzerman surmised.  St. Louis was shipped to the Big Apple in exchange for forward Ryan Callahan and two draft picks.

As for the lack of leadership with St. Louis leaving, Yzerman says that won't be an issue for the Bolts.

"We have tons of leadership in our locker room right now," Yzerman said.

To hear the entire interview, click below.